As the class-A short-season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have prepared rising stars for the big leagues since 1999. The feisty squad has worked their way through some tough seasons in the New York-Penn League, including four appearances in the league finals and a league championship in 2004. Now entering their 15th season, the Scrappers still play their home games at Eastwood Field, which showcases a view of verdant woods and the sasquatches living in peace beyond the outfield wall for crowds of up to 6,300 fans.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by legendary toe tapper Fred Astaire himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Students can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. Dancing initiates develop skills and confidence in two private lessons, during which they'll trip the light fantastic with their instructor and a partner (if desired), without tripping on the light itself. Private lessons can be tailored to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals. Likewise, dancers can freely decide upon the steps they wish to tackle, with lessons scheduled at their convenience.
Olympic Dreams imparts tumbling tenderfoots and movement mavens with gymnastic know-how through an array of classes tailored to every skill and age level. Students can choose from a range of classes that meet once a week over the course of a month. During sessions, capable coaches train participants in gymnastic fundamentals and enhance gross motor development, balance, and body mobility. The school-age program pushes students beyond basics into more difficult maneuvers, which are broken down, practiced movement by movement, and pieced together, unlike the armless busts of ancient leotard designers. For boys and girls aged 8–18, tumbling and trampoline classes start rigid bodies on path toward actualizing dreams of flipping, twisting, and street-performing as full-body contortionists. Classes begin focused on back handsprings and front and back flips, and basic floor work finishes the series.
Winners of 16 2010 Youngstown Area Community Theatre Marquee Awards—including best direction and best play—The Victorian Players present plays written in and inspired by the Victorian era. The company is dedicated to presenting family-friendly theater, eschewing stagefare that includes profanity, violence, or graphic onstage depictions of drunken robots. The Madwoman of Chaillot tells the story of the titular character, a quirky aristocrat who gathers an army of café-goers, performers, and fellow madwomen to halt the machinations of an evil coterie of businessmen planning to dig up Paris for its underground stores of oil. Shows take place in a restored 1890s Victorian church, imparting a period-appropriate architectural flavor to the dramatic proceedings.
Established in 1933, The Hub has since excelled at cooking up simmering chili, grilled dogs, burgers, and fries to please its patrons. Check the menu and try the franks with or without The Hub’s original chili sauce and onions ($0.99), or wrap your meat cylinder in a thick blanket of batter and call it a corn dog ($1.29). The Hub's burger with cheese ($4.50) pairs well with a boat of fries and sauce ($4.75) or crispy onion rings ($4). Customers can eat indoors or, when the weather warms up, consume their chili-clad cache under a canopy of sunlight while watching the bats and balls frolicking inside the adjoining batting cages.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.